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Cooperative Education Department 202
Cooperative Education Department



What is Cooperative Education (Co-op) programming?
Co-op is educational programming that integrates classroom theory with practical experience in the workplace. Programming is based on a partnership between the school and a business or community organization. It involves the participation of students, teachers and the workplace (placement supervisors). It is a credit-earning program. Cooperative Education programming is the foundation to the following specialized programs:

Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship (OYAP)

High Performance Athlete (HPA)



Who is it for?
The program is geared for students in Grade 11 and 12.  While on placement, students get to network with employers and industry contacts, gain valuable work experience in your chosen field, and earn academic credits that count toward your diploma.   Opportunities are available for students interested in pursing university, college, apprenticeship and workplace pathways.   Given the competitive situation within the workforce, all students can benefit from employability skills gained from a co-op placement experience.
  Carol Nerling - Department Head Voice and Phone ext. 172 

Carol Nerling joined Aurora High School in 1991 as the Head of Community Based Education and has been actively involved in developing student workplace relationships within the community for over 20 years.  This year she has taken on the responsibility as Coordinator of the Specialist High Skills Major Program with the balance of her time in the continued role of Co-operative Education.  Mrs. Nerling brings 25 years of teaching and ski coaching experience at the competitive levels as well as several years experience coaching tennis.  Recently she initiated an Empowering Students Club, a group promoting positive climates within our school.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Ryerson University and a Bachelor of Education from Western University.

  Kerin Harding - ​Voice Ext. 424; Phone ext. 266 

Kerin Harding joined the Cooperative Education Department in 2001 after 3 years in the Family Studies Department at Aurora High School.  Ms. Harding enjoys developing community partnerships that allow for diverse and authentic placements for a wide range of student interests and abilities. Ms. Harding has greatly enjoyed being involved in numerous committees, coaching responsibilities and fundraising activities at Aurora High.  She graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Applied Science and holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto.    If you have any questions, please drop in and see us in room 222.



​ ​Suzanne Ashby - Voice Ext. 471;  Phone ext. 266​

If you have any questions, please drop in and see us in room 222.



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